Developing the Transition Flying Car: Using Physics Based Simulation to Design Air-Worth Composite Structures

In this 1-hour presentation Terrafugia will discuss the design process for the composite structure of the air frame for their Transition “flying car”, and the role and benefits of physics-based simulation. The Transition is Terrafugia’s proof-of-concept vehicle and has been flying and driving for the past two years. Developing a practical vehicle that simultaneously satisfies road and aircraft regulations to become a true "flying car" presents significant engineering challenges. Yet this is what the team at Terrafugia has achieved with the Transition. The next generation prototype is currently in development with the aid of simulation packages to allow for rapid design iteration before performing required physical tests.